James Munson

Guild opens season with a gutwrencher

From the moment the lights go up on the Guild's production of The Boys, you're flung into the middle of a real-life family shouting match.

Mask thief nabbed

An employee at the Indian Craft Store put a carved mask on the store’s counter while doing inventory last Wednesday. With her back to the counter, the employee heard a customer enter the store just after 3 p.m.

Carcross Corner grow op busted

Police staked a drug den near the Carcross Corner and arrested several people who arrived at the residence last Tuesday.

The hell and hope of FASD

A Winnipeg man approached a young sex worker he knew and made a proposition that would make some cash. If the sex worker could find and deliver him a three-year-old, he would pay her $400.

Food security a distant dream for northerners

The Sami people of northern Scandinavia have a lot to teach Yukoners about herding caribou, but none of it is useful. Changes to the Yukon Wildlife Act a decade ago make it illegal to farm caribou.

Sentencing rules hit Whitehorse inmates hard

Ottawa's decision to toughen sentencing rules unfairly targets aboriginals and jurisdictions with slow judicial systems like Whitehorse, say critics.

No disciplinary hearing for Watson Lake cops

The RCMP haven't scheduled a disciplinary hearing for two officers who went to court over sexual assault charges six and a half months ago.

Apathy undermines veteran support

In a few weeks, the great Remembrance Day charade will start. The most public among us - politicians, news anchors and tartan-sporting hockey commentators - will trip over themselves to be the first to wear poppies on their lapels.

Military sending explosives team to Marsh Lake

National Defence is sending an explosives team to retrieve a live phosphorus flare in Marsh Lake. The silver canister, known as a marine marker, didn't explode during search and rescue exercises performed last week over the lake.

Wolverine trucks ore this week

The first ore trucks from the Wolverine mine will begin rolling down the Robert Campbell Highway on Friday. The zinc, silver, copper and lead mine, located 190 kilometres northwest of Watson Lake, is sending its first shipments of stockpiled ore to Stewart, BC.

Kilrich gets a hand from Ottawa

Ottawa is subsidizing the expansion of a local construction company, but keeping a tight lid on the amount of the unusual public investment.

Roadhouse gets hit again

Police are searching for a man who bearsprayed the Roadhouse off-sales clerk and made off with a wad of cash last Thursday, the second theft at the store in a month.

Couple rescued by high school class

High school students canoeing on the South McQuesten River helped rescue a middle-aged couple stranded after their Zodiac’s engine breaking down.

The many nations of Bolivia

Xavier Albo forgot to bring his map of Bolivia, he told delegates at last week's self-government conference held at the High Country Inn. "So I will use my head," he said in heavily-accented English.

YTG screwed up on hospital pay raise: Fentie

The day before the Yukon Hospital Corporation's annual general meeting Wednesday night, Premier Dennis Fentie assumed the blame for the overpayment on the board members' paycheques.

Mad about that twang

Gordie Tentrees wastes no time expressing his view on the term "alt-country.""It's dead," he says, sipping a coffee at the Java Connection on Wednesday afternoon. The term became popular in the 1990s when a country sub-genre without pop aspirations began appearing in Canada and the US.

Justice system slowly adapting to FASD realities

A Carmacks man was found not guilty of assault last month because he was exposed to alcohol in the womb, signalling a growing awareness by adjudicators that FASD sufferers require alternatives to the criminal court system.

Cops find criminal tool kit

RCMP discovered a freaky assortment of weapons and criminal tools on Thursday. Responding to a domestic violence call in Porter Creek yesterday morning, police noticed some unusual objects in a vehicle parked in front.

Protected wetlands can still be drilled for oil

Oil and gas developers can tap resources beneath protected wetlands south of Carmacks, according to a ministerial order passed last month.

Capital changes hands, again

The Capital Hotel closed this weekend, but may soon reopen under a new owner. The troubled bar lasted a little more than a year under the direction of Keith Jacobsen, who ran Coasters Bar & Grill before it went under in July.